The wildest computer hacks you could ever imagine. 500 million dollars disappear into thin air. Two teenagers disrupt a rocket launch. Foreign spies rig an election. Hosted by author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi, Malicious Life unravels complex, dramatic historical events, with interviews from people who were actually there. Lock your door, wipe your hard drive, and come listen to fascinating stories from the cyber underground.
“A CISO’s Nightmare”: Israel Baron on Railway Secuirty
Railway systems are a mess of old systems built on top of older systems, running ancient operating systems and exposing their most sensitive inner workings to commuters via WIFI. Why are railway systems so difficult to defend, and what are the most probable attack vectors against them? Nate Nelson, our senior producer, speaks with Israel Baron, Israel Railway's first ever CISO.
“Designed by criminals, for criminals”: Operation Trojan Shield
The Anom was the holy grail of dark, illegal communication: a mobile phone that could send encrypted messages, and even included a secret Kill-Switch to foil attempts by law enforcement agents to get to its contents. Thousands of criminals used the Anom, certain that they were completely safe from the police... They were wrong.
Andrew Ginter: A 40-Year-Old Backdoor [ML B-Side]
Ken Thompson is a legendary computer scientist who also made a seminal contribution to computer security in 1983, when he described a nifty hack that could allow an attacker to plant an almost undetectable malicious code inside a C compiler. Surprisingly, it turns out a very similar hack was also used in the Solarwinds attack.
Silk Road: The Amazon of drugs, Part 2
Silk Road’s success did more than bring the site more sellers and buyers, it also brought it more attention from law enforcement agencies as well as malicious hackers and other shady characters. Some of these shady characters, it turns out, were part of the task force aiming to shut down Silk Road...
Kurtis Minder: Ransomware Negotiations [ML B-Side]
Your organization was hit by ransomware, and it is now time to reach out to the hackers and negotiate the terms of a deal that will bring back your data, and (hopefully) won’t leave the company’s coffers empty. But before you sit down in front of your computer and fire off a message to the hackers - stop. Are you sure that you know what you’re doing? Are you certain that you won’t screw up the negotiations and do more harm than good?
Silk Road: The Amazon of drugs, Part 1
Ross Ulbricht always had a thing with testing his limits. He was also an avid libertarian who wanted to change the world. And so, in 2010, he came up with the idea to build a truly free market: a website where anybody can buy and sell anything - including illegal drugs - anonymously: the ultimate experiment in individual freedom.
Very good podcast about infosec through history.
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...political views out of the podcast.